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in benghazi. the goal, to protect the people of libya. now a senior u.s. military official tells cnn the u.s. has launched its first air strikes in the western part of the country. those u.s. tomahawk missiles have landed in the area around tripoli and misrata. >> and this as moammar gadhafi sends letters to the u.n. and its allies warning them to stay out of his country. >> meanwhile, the leader behind the u.n. resolution gathered in paris today to map out the road ahead. french warplanes are circling over libya, enforcing that yuu. sanctioned no-fly zone. >> and they have flexed military muscle firing on a libyan military vehicle. our senior international correspondent, nic robertson, is joining us right now from tripoli. nic, there were some reports that there were loud booming noises. now perhaps we know in large part why. perhaps as a result of those u.s. tomahawk missile strikes? >> reporter: yeah. it's not possible for us to confirm it at the moment in tripoli. there certainly would be a number of targets here. the former u.s. air base east of the city here houses not only some of the
of hitting him. it is, according to the allied forces, according to the u.s. president barack obama an others, it is is to keep the people of libya safe. they're there for the safety of the people. does this change anything now that moammar gadhafi's compound has been stuck? >> i don't think so. i think the commanding control was always on the list, the intent to hit it. not him directly. i would suspect when we went into this we have a no target, no shoot list, restricted fire zone which designates mosques, buildings such as hospitals and his headquarters was on that no target list. but remember last night and early tonight you saw air defense weapons from that compound shooting in the air. you've got two possible scenarios. you've got a scenario where a pilot could have seen that anti-aircraft weapon, a zsu-23-4, could have been at the top of the building, could have been shooting. don't know the fact s yet, but commend robinson and his crew for going there. the other moment is, the moment that cnn crew walked on the scene, all of our targeteers are watching this, everybody is using cnn int
-country, 5-day tour, meant to establish u.s. ties and to reconfirm and build some of those ties, so he takes a lot of criticism for this trip as you well know having watched the coverage over the last several days as the attack on libya was ramping up. bill: in the meantime president obama suggesting libyan people are ready to move on without qaddafi from an interview late last night. >> we believe it's not a matter of military might, but instead an idea that comes to the libyan people that it's time for a change that ends up ultimately sweeping qaddafi out of power. bill: that may be the case in the end. so far though that's not happened. new videotape you can watch from tripoli, the libyan capitol, this as car daie appearing -- this is qaddafi appearing last night in front of a crowd, it looks like several thousand people in a field, at the same palace that was bombed two days ago by these tomahawk cruise missiles launched by the british into that palace. want to bring in this map now and show you the theater of operations throughout the entire mediterranean and europe. there are so
forces today, and the regime is offering a reward, almost half a million u.s., for the capture of a top opposition figure. we have new cnn video coming in from ras lanuf where rebels with fighting to hold their ground. government troops are using planes and heavy artillery to try to retake the eastern oil city. in the western city of zawiya, libyan television showed government supporters cheering in the streets today, but there are now unconfirmed reports that rebels have retaken the main square there. after days of heavy fighting, it's almost impossible to get through to anyone in zawiya for any independent confirmation of what's going on there. today gadhafi is also sending a new warning to the united states and its allies as they consider imposing a no-fly zone over libya. he promises that all libyans will fight back against what he calls an act of aggression and an attempt to control libya's oil. >> translator: it will be clear aggression. it will also be clear that the intentions are to control libya's oil, choke libya's liberty, land and people. all of the libyans carry weapons so
: secretary of defense robert gates from over the weekend saying libya is not an imminent threat to the u.s. but the director saying the u.s. clearly has an interest there. is that good enough? chuck nash, sir, good morning to you. there was a lot said over the weekend, some view it as conflicts statements, others say no, this gives us greater clarification. take robert gates. what do you make of his comment? >> i think he was spot on. this is not in critical national interest for the united states, however, we do have interests in the region with tunisia on one side and ejit on the other side. bill: hillary clinton said something i thought was a little more -- i thought it was revealing. she said there was no perfect option and i think everybody that looks at this, yeah, that's right, hopefully that's why you took military action. hopefully we'll have a clarification continue. -- tonight. are they split or on the same side? >> i think there was u animinity before this was launched and secretary of state clinton said something else on another network. after isn't gates said no, it's not in
. these were the scenes last night. antiaircraft fire was heard in the skies over the capital. the head of u.s. forces in the region says, progress so far has been, quote, very effective. no libyan aircraft have been seen since allied operations began at the weekend. on the ground, government forces are gradually being pushed back from rebel-held benghazi. >> the coalition extended no-fly zone across other parts of libya. allied planes flew enforcement missions over tripoli and misrata since start. coalition forces have fired 159 tomahawk cruise missiles on libya. a military spokesman says after the initial strikes american forces were moving into what he called a patrolling phase. cnn's nic robertson is in tripoli where colonel gadhafi's forces are been trying to defend the capital. he watched the anti-aircraft fire sweep the sky and explained how libyan gunners are trying to deflect those incoming attacks. >> reporter: military people know more about military things tell me they're trying to create an arc of fire through the sky. that's where they we have the weapon and you see the tracers m
stated that it is u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. we have a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support that policy. >> the american people from the congress need to hear what our president believes his objectives are. if we are going into a war with libya, we should declare a war on libya. we should pull together with our allies and try to figure out a plan of how that war is to be won. these are things that must be debated here in washington apart from paris or at least encounters with other countries in which we say we'll hold your coat. we don't object to what you are up to. >>> good morning. welcome to morning joe. beautiful shot. times square. beautiful because i'm not there. i'm in dallas. mika is in the south of france trying to gather a feeling of the people in that beautiful part of the country. a story breaking suggesting that america, the united kingdom upset with the french leadership for overreaching. we are going to talk to mike barnicle about that. visiting professor, harlds ford junior and the great willie geist. pat buchanan and the host of
. and in about 45 minutes, former u.s. comp then, political strategist maria cardona and john feehery and we will discuss the arab world with a former u.s. ambassador to morocco, marc ginsburg. on this channel, "washington journal" is next, live with your phone calls. later today, we will give you a brown paper -- roundtable that will include the mayor of boston, st. paul, the minnesota, green though, mississippi, and sacramento, california. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] host: the video on your screen is some of the latest footage on the air raids in libya, courtesy of the aljazeera network. with the president act in town, questions are being raised about u.s. policy and goals in libya. that is our discussion this morning on the "washington journal" as we go through the newspapers. what do you think? how is the president handling the libya conflict so far? 202 is the area code -- how do you think the president is handling the libyan conflict. yesterday speaker john boehner sent this letter to the president. speaker boehner list several questions he asks the question
traffic control procedures. u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood calling for at least two air traffic controllers now to man overnight shifts. this after a controller at d.c.'s reagan national airport reportedly fell asleep and two planes couldn't get in touch with the tower after mid night just trying to land. both had to go in for a landing on their own. toes your headlines. >> five hour energy ran out and two planes had to do their own thing. >> i'm sure nothing's down there on the runway. let's cross our fingers. let's talk a little bit about what's going on right now. in libya, new video just in, one of qaddafi's bases reportedly destroyed by u.s. coalition air strikes. look at these pictures, showing a flaming wreckage overnight and qaddafi's compound in tripoli also reportedly targeted again and was struck. the commander of britain's royal air force says libya's air force no longer exists. >> so now that we also have an exclusive story that came to us, i think james rosen and jennifer griffin working on this together. essentially, there might be some break as we try to find o
to be qaddafi's presidential compound. still, both the brits and the u.s. military leaders say qaddafi is not the target of this mission. >> this is not about going -- going after qaddafi himself or attacking him at this particular point in time. it's about achieving these narrow and relatively limited objectives so that he stops killing his people and so humanitarian support can be provided. >> still, certainly it is sys m symbolic to the libyan leader can hit his home. our defense secretary says the u.s. role in this effort should begin to diminish. >> we expect that in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition. we will have a military role in the coalition. but we will not have the pre-eminent role. >> admiral mullin says that support role will include intelligence support, jamming capabilities and assistance with the overall mission and the no-fly zone. back to you guys in new york. >> thanks for setting the table. john kerry, seniator sessions, admiral mullin, e
. the radiation has now reached southern california. but the u.s. officials are saying it's a billion times beneath the levels that would threaten anyone's health. japanese officials raised the fukushima accident level from four to five. that means they consider it on par with our own three mile island incident. frantic efforts continue to con taint situation at the daiichi plant. the u.s. military says japan requested an unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft to fly over the troubled plant. that drone is equipped with infrared sensors that can take pictures and get a better understanding what's happening inside the reactor. >>> getting aid to northeastern japan has finally gotten easier. the port of sendai partially reopened. a ship brought in a large container of supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in shelters. a small measure now of comfort exactly a week after the disaster struck. >>> a week ago today, people rushed out of buildings as a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit. amateur video shows scenes of homes inside, while outside a tsunami brought its own terror, sweep
in on our own. we should be going in under the u.n., not the u.s. flag. we shouldn't attack a country this didn't attack us first and shouldn't have boots on the ground. from that mouth, this is sort of the perfect way to go. we go in not under the u.s. flag but under the u.n. flag. we go in on the humanitarian mission, short-term limited thing, no boots on the ground. i think that going in, he did it the right way. my big question is how long are we going to be there? what really is our mission? i think the -- it is really, really fuzzy whether it is just to protect the rebels or to get gadhafi out. we are saying both things. how much is it going to cost? it depends on how soon we get out. if we could turn this over to the french government or to somebody else, as they say they are going to, in a couple of days, get out of there, then i think this is going to be a successful operation. if it drags on and gadhafi stays in power, it is another loser. >> pat buchanan, what are the odds if we are being realistic we will be out as the president had said in a mere matter of days, turning i
. >> the president saying that u.s. ground force would not be part of that effort which apparently will be led by french and british soldiers. gadhafi's government has declared a cease-fire in an apparent bid to ward off strikes but that cease-fire apparently includes reports from rebels that they are still being shelved. two cities, including misrata reportedly still under attack. rebels in the eastern stronghold of benghazi are fortifying positions against a gadhafi attack and welcoming outside attack. >> gadhafi is not good. gadhaf is very, very dangerous. >> wait for france to bring battalion for the gadhafi forces and for us staying here we're waiting for our orders to move forward. >> course this action is in sharp contrast to the western response to events in yemen let alone u.s. supported dare i say it bank rolled allies like bahrain and saudi arabia who have been using our own weapons to crack down on their own people. their efforts met with stern words of warning from our country. joining us now lieutenant colonel tony shaf fer, former intelligence officer and with us from london phi
to his claim the u.s. will take a backseat in libya now nato has taken over. according to the ap: >> sean: joining me with more in studio is mark steyn. how are you? >> great to be with you. >> sean: the president has argued our interests and values cannot be separated. this caused what happened in libya? >> this has nothing to do with president obama. even this administration cannot be so narcissistic. this is in fact the post american middle east we are seeing in the formation here. when people -- he sat on the sidelines in the egyptian revolution. obama sometimes he said mubarak should stay, he should go. >> sean: supported them, neutral, opposed. >> he took every position. the guys in the street in tahrir square despiseed obama for that. in iran he took the side of the thugs of the mullahs and their henchmen. in libya these people have put up with this whacky, psychotic transvestite for 40 years and they are sick of him. >> sean: i didn't hear the mad dog referred to as the mad transvestite. what do you think the psychology is? i study obama and i have my own theory. i think there's a
a country that has not attacked us? >> you know, i think barack obama and the u.s. is obviously in a tough place here. a country like the united states, there's a -- we have fundamental values that we are in favor of. and you know, gadhafi, you never know what he is going to do. there's always the potential of humanitarian disaster in libya. and i think that starting off with the u.n. resolution, the idea of the no-fly zone is a good start. do i believe that you need to move cautiously but i don't think the united states can just sit back and watch some terrible happening unfold in libya. >> especially if the president makes pronouncements like he has. especially the fact that he has been saying that gadhafi must go. i don't know what this has done to his credibility to not act on it. >> did the president make the right call? >> we're not doing this unilaterally. you said repeatedly on this show that the united states shouldn't go in there themselves, shouldn't be the world's policeman. >> agreed. >> we went to the u.n., particularly france, somewhat amazingly were in favor of going in the
? >> now, some in the media are panicking about possible radiation from japan. coming to the u.s.a. we will take a look at that also tonight, dennis miller on libya. bill maher calls sarah palin another nativity i can't man -- nasty name. and john travolta wants you to be safe. >> this is your captain speaking. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. would you stand by and watch someone be murdered? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. as you may know, i'm a simple man. i break down the news in very basic terms. so, let's do that with libya. we begin with the quote the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. that is certainly true, don't you think? evil wins if it's not confronted and history proves it. libya we know that qaddafi is evil. is he a terrorist, he murders people. we also know that some brave rebels finally moved against him. because of rebels are not well-armed or organized, qaddafi's mercenaries are able
: in the meantime as we follow japan at the eyes are turning to a power plant and the u.s.. one of their reactors was not working. for 18 months, operators at the diablo canyon nuclear plant near san luis obispo didn't realize that a system to pump water into one of emergency wasn't working. it disabled by the plant's own engineers, according to a report issued thursday on reactors in the united lists 14 recent "near misses" instances in which serious problems at a plant required federal regulators to respond. the report criticizes both plant operators and the nuclear regulatory commission for allowing some known safety issues to fester. >>mark: at a quick break as we continue. the latest of libya as the un declares a " no-fly " zone. more on the storm coming up. >>darya: 710 m and looking at san francisco called. a bit of a break but not for long. >>mark: major developments in libya. it now declaring a cease-fire and stopping all military options. the decision is coming after the u.s. and authorized a " no- fly " zone. they're sending in fighter jets and that comment ours. britain, france and t
is now in place for the entire u.s. west coast. that means coastal communities in washington, oregon, california and southern alaska should be on alert and prepared for possible evacuation. a warning is also in place for hawaii, which was struck by a smaller 4.5 earthquake earlier today. now, there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in hawaii but the state is bracing for the first waves from the tsunami which are expected to hit at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. now, ahead of that, tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas are being evacuated. fires triggered by the earthquake were burning out of control up and down japan's coast, including one at an i'll refinery. according to the country's prime minister there was, quote, major damage in northeastern japan. but nuclear power facilities in the area were not damaged and there was no radiation leakage, they say. this is video from when the earthquake hit now. it struck at 2:46 p.m. local time and was followed by at least 19 powerful aftershocks. most of them measuring over 6.0. the size of the earthquake that str
even though libya is not vital to u.s. interests? that's the question. joining us now, dick morris, former advisor to president clinton and the author of the new book "revolt." all right. that's the question for you. >> well, i think that -- i wrote this in a column on my web site dickmorris.com. this guy is playing checkers when he should be playing chess. he's moving the pieces one at a time without thinking five moves down the road. so ok, we're intervening from the air to protect civilians from mass slaughter. all right, that's good right now. now, what happens if we can't get rid of qaddafi and he continues to slaughter the people? you're going to send in ground troops or just say, ok, now we'll turn a blind eye. let's say we get rid of qaddafi and then an iraq style civil war breaks out where his cronies and political party goes underground challenging the rebels with ongoing terrorist tactics like happened in iraq. are we going to turn a blind eye to that? at what point do you disengage. at what point do the libyan rebels take over and turn out to be heavily infiltrated by a
as well, sean. u.s. -- uss george washington aircraft carrier, second ship destroyer left earlier than expected from a port south of tokyo. the word according to the u.s. navy they are trying to improve the red -- readiness of the . 9 back story with fox news is coming up with -- the back story with fox news is coming up with concerns about radiation is wanting the u.s. military to put their ships a little out to sea. as we know, humanitarian challenge following the quake and tsunami continues. monday new figures, the death toll is higher than we've been reporting, around 18,000. price tag for all this? 235 billion dollars. breaking news again from that troubled nuclear complex. >> sean: sad in many respects. joining me with more on the major international crisis facing the president in japan and libya, nationally syndicated fox news contributor, monica crowley. republican strategist, he lease jordan are with us. -- elise jordan are with us. the thing that stands out is how passive and disengaged this president is. >> i agree. when the japan crisis happened he did a lot of key battle g
all that eager. there's a real debate, right? >> that's right, the u.s. has 727 million barrels sitting the in the strategic oil reserve. this is for emergencies only. take a look at the last time we did it, hurricane katrina, we tapped into 11 million barrels of oil. that only brought the price of gas down 3%. that's not enough to really hit home. it saves people probably about $10, george. 10 cents a gallon. >> all right, bianna, thanks very much. >>> the crisis in libya also affecting gas prices forces loyal to moammar gadhafi and the battle to key cities in libya. the obama administration is under growing pressure to stop the violence. martha raddatz is in washington with the latest. good morning. >>> good morning, robin. this is one of those growing crises where there are no easy answers and certainly no quick fixes. but that does not take the pressure off the administration. >> reporter: while rebels celebrated after pushing gadhafi's forces out of northern libya, this appears to be a fight no one is winning. a chess game that has stalled now prompting more calms for the u
that there is something more beyond the boundaries of the u.s.a., and it was a big world with a lot of people living out their who are affected by your decisions. >> host: gives a a more global perspective. >> guest: i think so. >> host: we're talking about your book, "the obamas: the untold story of an african family." we've been looking at president obama's lineage to his father side in africa come in kenya. that's the one thing to rest. you're not a birther. we are not discussing whether obama was born in hawaii or born in india. you think he was born quite clearly in hawaii. now, because there are people who claim that our birth certificates, all kinds of circulate on the internet. this is a kind of issue that doesn't seem to go away. so let's try to put to rest a bit. why do you say, why are you confident that obama was born in hawaii? >> guest: there's never been an issue in britain. basically let anybody become prime minister, it's not a big deal. you have to be nativeborn. but i understand the constitution you have to be born on american territory to become president. so that's why it's a big t
that there is something more beyond the boundaries of the u.s.a. and there is a big world with a lot of people living who are affected by decisions. >> host: it gives them a more global tears. we are talking about your book, "the obamas: the untold story of an african family." we have been looking at president obama's lineage through his father's side in africa and kenya. what's the one thing to rest. he ran not a further. we are not discussing whether obama was born in hawaii or kenya. you think he was born quite clearly in hawaii. now there are people with her certificate of all kinds circulating on the internet. this is an issue that doesn't seem to go away. so, let's put it to rest a little bit. why are you confident that obama was born in hawaii? >> guest: is not even an issue in britain. it's not a big deal. i understand constitutionally you have to be born an american territory to become president, so that's why it's a big thing. so i thought well, that's really have a close look and examine what the argument is. now, the first thing is he wasn't born in hawaii. and yet, the department of health h
of american women who were -- who were wives working in the u.s. embassy in nairobi at the time. and for all his faults obama, sr., was a very charming man and he could charm the ladies. he clearly impressed he's women not only with his ambition and his determination but intelligence. and so it's actually through private meetings he's actually able to secure a place in hawaii and he actually flew quite independently of oboya's airlift with american women from the american embassy who actually funded his place and his air fare. you talk about the selma speech and, you know, president obama is a consummate politician and he gave this great speech, rousing speech in selma in which he referred his father came over from this great airlift in which he used it to somehow claim part of the camelot connection. and kennedy wasn't elected until the following year. he made an error. and he acknowledged the error immediately. his campaign team actually made public just a few days after selma that actually that was an error and, in fact, it wasn't correct. so he did correct himself even though he was, i g
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